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Building on Strengths

Building on Strengths

People are awesome! Think about it. I really believe that individuals and teams are capable of accomplishing great things. Flight, capturing and storing electricity, the creation of the internet, advances in modern medicine… Yes, people can do great things.

We often hear about these successes from a distance through media and can list numerous famous individuals because we see their name in the highlights. Have you ever wondered what made them successful and strong? Although I will never know the true answer, this causes me to reflect on several questions a little closer to home: What are my strengths? What makes me successful? What am I most proud of?

There are many things that contribute to our strengths and we all have varying degrees. Some people are physically gifted with an abundance of muscle mass or athletic talent, some have outstanding intellect, while others carry enough empathy to completely understand and calm one’s soul. Whatever our strengths are, how much time do we devote to building on them?

There are different theories of how long it takes to become excellent or master a subject; for example, Malcolm Gladwell and the 10,000 hours concept. However, what about the personality traits that make us amazing, is there a time requirement? Does the learning stop after 10,000 hours?

I believe that we continually evolve as we grow from our experiences. One of my strengths is that I love to educate and inspire others. Another is that I’m very passionate about creating safer communities and know that we can do more to train effective healthcare and safety personnel. I truly believe that we can make a difference. For me, there is no time requirement. This is me, every single day and I know that I’m not alone. My passion doesn’t have an off switch.

We all have the capacity for greatness. We’re also given 24 hours in a day and we know that it takes time to work on our strengths. This week, think about what you’re amazing at. What are your strengths and passions? How will you build on them?

Have a great week,

Matthew

About the Author: Matthew Jubelius is a subject matter expert in healthcare simulation. He is a consultant, educator and wants to change the future of people development, education, and training. He has championed the design, implementation, and evaluation of simulation-based education and training programs, including quality improvement measures for post-secondary institutions, private industry, and the federal government.

Matthew can be reached through www.amoveotraining.ca for simulation consulting, program development, employee training and speaking engagements.

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Simulation and Safety

Simulation and Safety

Absolutely. It’s very clear that simulation and safety go together and in previous articles, we’ve discussed how quality improvement fits in as well. But how do simulation and safety go together? More research is being conducted in Medical and healthcare simulation and this is a good thing. Here’s some literature about simulation and why it’s needed in healthcare training and education.

The hallmark To Err is Human was released in 1999 and healthcare has made progress. In 2015, the National Patient Safety Foundation released a report entitled Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement Fifteen Years after To Err is Human and outlined eight key recommendations:

  1. Ensure that leaders establish and sustain a safety culture
  2. Create centralized and coordinated oversight of patient safety
  3. Create a common set of safety metrics that reflect meaningful outcomes
  4. Increase funding for research in patient safety and implementation science
  5. Address safety across the entire care continuum
  6. Support the healthcare workforce
  7. Partner with patients and families for the safest care
  8. Ensure that technology is safe and optimized to improve patient safety

So, how are we doing? There’s room for improvement. Another alarming statistic that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Let that sink in for a moment. Third. In the United States. Further, Makary and Daniel (2016) suggest that there may be over 251,000 deaths annually as a medical error is not recorded on US death certificates.

There are many factors that can lead to a medical error including working conditions, patient load, distractions at work, resource shortages, personal stress, employee disengagement, unanticipated conditions such as natural or man-made disaster and the list goes on. Healthcare is a very complex system that has many moving parts at any given moment.

However, what if we had the opportunity to make a difference? What does that look like? Some might say “Yeah, but what can you do about it? The system is just too big to make a change”. Rather than give in, what if you reframed the conversation?

What if today, you observed a potential error and said something to someone about it (in a nice way, of course)? Maybe you noticed some unsupervised medications on a hospital unit. Perhaps, you noticed how an IV paralytic medication and a blood pressure medication have similar packaging. Maybe your simulation program relies on the good graces of expired medications that were donated and the school uses them for demonstration purposes.

What would it look like if you brought the potential of error forward to your supervisor or a senior management team? It takes courage to speak up, it really does. I implore you to say something if you see something that needs changing. The safety of people depends on your courage. We talk about patient safety a lot; but consider your personal safety, the safety of your colleagues, the safety of students. Critics may say “Sounds like too much work” or “That’s above my pay grade” and other complaints. Don’t be afraid to step up and speak up.

Safety is about doing what is right. At the end of the day, the most important thing is to go back home to our loved ones, our friends, our pets, our lives.

Be safe. Be awesome.

Matthew

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About the Author: Matthew Jubelius is a subject matter expert in healthcare simulation. He is a consultant, educator and wants to change the future of people development, education, and training. He has championed the design, implementation, and evaluation of simulation-based education and training programs, including quality improvement measures for post-secondary institutions, private industry, and the federal government.

Matthew can be reached through www.amoveotraining.ca for simulation consulting, program development, employee training and speaking engagements.

Referenced Material:

Institute of Medicine (1999). To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System. Courtesy of the National Academy of Sciences (2000). Accessed through www.nap.edu/catalog/…/to-err-is-human-building-a-safer-health-system

James, J. (2013). A New, Evidence-based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care. Journal of Patient Safety, Vol 9(3). P122-128 Accessed through http://journals.lww.com/journalpatientsafety/Fulltext/2013/09000/A_New,_Evidence_based_Estimate_of_Patient_Harms.2.aspx

Makary, M.A., Daniel, M. (2016). Medical Error – The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US. BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2139

National Patient Safety Foundation (2016). Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement Fifteen Years after To Err is Human. Accessed through http://www.npsf.org/?page=freefromharm

 

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